Reviewed by aobDarkMeta (Currently owns)
The Design is outstanding, not only in cyan, white or pink but even in black it looks amazing. It maybe doesn't stand out so much in black but it is definitely a big competitor to the iPhone in industrial design.
For me, the Lumia 800 is easier to hold in the hand given its rounded sides, but the edges on the bottom just don't feel good but you get used to it after a short while.
The screen on the Lumia 800 is good. Yes, it is an Pentile-AMOLED screen but I personally haven't that much of an issue with it. Colors look very vibrant but also seem AMOLED-like oversaturated compared to an LCD, the Resolution is fine too.
The Camera (it don't feature a Front-Facing camera which is ok for me, but video-calling isn't possible) makes decent shots overall, and in a well-lit place you can get some excellent results.
Colors seem a bit washed out in not-so-well light and Macro pictures can sometimes hard to take and probably take you multiple shots before you get the picture you want.
Low Light Performance is Ok, the Dual-LED Flash definitely helps but then Focusing can be a little laggy.
Performance is just as great as on every other Windows Phone.
First-Party apps and the OS overall perform really really well, scrolling is, for me, just as good as in iOS.
Third-Party apps though are just not so fast as the OS promises.
Launches take usally some seconds (compared to the almost instant launches of first-party apps), some Animations are not so fluid as in the OS itself, and Wait times can be bummer too.
Ecosystem-wise, it doesn't look that great.
Yes, you get 120,000+ Apps in the Marketplace, but most of them are just not good.
There are hidden gems though which can make WP special.
But, since it is a Windows Phone, it just integreates with the Microsoft-Ecosystem great and effortlessly.
On the Software side, you get Windows Phone 7.5 Mango which has features you won’t get with the iPhone out of the box.
But what makes the Lumia special are the exclusive Nokia Apps.
Nokia Drive, Maps, City Lens, Music and Creative Studio which compete really well against the iPhone and even can overtake it (like with Drive and Maps).
Nokia keeps adding new Apps to the Lumia 800 (and other Nokia WP 7.5 devices as well) which is definetly a Pro point for this phone.
Battery life is my only real big concern with this phone.
It's just not great.
You probably get a day of usage but thats about it.
Overall, you get a good, and probably underrated, phone which performs quite well.
- Design 10
- Display 8
- Camera(s) 8
- Reception / call quality 8
- Performance 9
- Software 8
- Battery life 6
- Ecosystem 5